Articles Tagged: space launch

Soyuz docks with space station, boosts crew to nine

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft docked at the International Space Station early Friday, boosting the lab’s crew to nine for the next week and providing a ride home next March for two station crew members who are only halfway through a nearly yearlong stay aboard the lab complex.

Spaceport America and ARCA Space Corporation Announce Partnership for Space Launch Vehicle and High Altitude Autonomous Aircraft Testing

Spaceport America – the world’s first purpose-built, commercial spaceport announced today ARCA Space Corporation has selected Spaceport America as the site for its space launch vehicle and high altitude autonomous aircraft testing.

Science Head Of NASA: Congress, Stop Paying Russia To Send Americans To Space

n an open letter to Congress today, ex-astronaut and current NASA head honcho Charles F. Bolden Jr shared some choice words: Quit wasting money and start sending US astronauts to space aboard US spacecraft. The letter, published at Wired, doesn’t waste a moment getting to the point. “Congress, Don’t Make Us Hitch Rides with Russia. Love, NASA” is the title.

Soyuz relocation clears way for launch of new station crew

Three space station crewmen strapped inside a Russian Soyuz spacecraft and relocated the landing capsule Friday, clearing a docking port for the arrival of a new crew next week. Under the command of veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft undocked from the space station’s Poisk module at 0712 GMT (3:12 a.m. EDT) as the complex sailed 249 miles above Nigeria.

KSC Mobile Launcher construction enters final phase

The towering Kennedy Space Center structure from which NASA’s next exploration rocket will blast off is entering its final phase of construction, nearly a decade after its design began. NASA recently completed modifications to the $350 million Mobile Launcher, which stands more than 400 feet above the ground, enabling it to support the giant Space Launch System rocket.

Japan Launches Cargo Shipment to Space Station

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched an unmanned transport vehicle on Wednesday that is carrying water, parts and other supplies to the International Space Station. The vehicle was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center, 115 kilometers (70 miles) south of the southern island of Kyushu following weather-related delays.

Inflatable ‘space elevator’ invented by scientists

It is an idea that every small child has had at some point. Instead of sending up rockets into space, why not simply build a huge lift. Now a Canadian firm has been granted a patent for a ‘space elevator’ which will shoot cargo 12.4 miles into the stratosphere from where it can be launched more easily.

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